May 31, 2011

The Life of a Writer


Had to share this video because it’s almost sad how completely true it is. About the only thing that doesn’t apply to me personally, is the editing stage. I love editing! ;)

Enjoy a creative look into the life of a writer.

May 28, 2011

Memorial Day E-book Sale

I’m having a Memorial Day sale on all my ebooks from Smashwords. From now through Monday, you can use the coupons codes below to get 25% off each book. The books are downloadable for a variety of e-readers (including Kindle and PC).


The Pirate Daughter’s Promise: SX28A

Every Tear: BD96J

A Captain’s Heart: WD53K

Finding Faith: EK99M

May 27, 2011

Tips for Editing



A few days ago, I started working on the final round of editing for Truth before I format the manuscript for print. I’ve been getting so much enjoyment out of it and keep finding myself surprised by how much I am discovering to change or add. Because of this, I wanted to share some of the editing tips and resources I’ve been using.


First, I printed the entire manuscript. On paper, it is entirely different, and it makes it much easier to spot things that should be changed. I definitely suggest doing this.


Also, read it out loud. I will have read all of Truth aloud to myself by the time I’m finished. Like reading it on paper, reading out loud really shows you where your flow might be off or if you’ve used the same word too often in a paragraph.


And finally, here is a very helpful website I recently discovered: Edit Minion. Paste in a selection of the story, and it will highlight things such as adverbs, weak words, and passive phrases. It will also give you a report on how well you’ve done with the chapter as a whole, showing you what areas could use work. I’ve found this website to be especially helpful in spotting too many adverbs in a chapter. Every time I finish editing a chapter, I check it with this site.



Photo by Nic's events

May 18, 2011

Makilien Website Update: Sirion, Half-Elves, and Places

I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t had a chance to do much for new blog posts, but I added a few new things to my Makilien website. I’ve added a profile for Sirion, my third main character of the trilogy, a profile or his race, Half-Elves, and two new place profiles. To see them, visit my “Enter Dolennar” page.

May 10, 2011

Makilien Website Update: Aedan and Elves

I’ve added to new profiles to “Enter Dolennar” on my Makilien website. One is a profile for Aedan, my second primary character in the trilogy, as well as one of my favorite characters. The other profile is for Elves, one of the primary races in Dolennar.

May 02, 2011

Pirates & Faith Available for Nook

Just a heads up that my Pirates & Faith series is available on Barnes & Noble to download for Nook. Only $2.99!


Nook Books